GENERAL CHARGE TO THE ADVISORY GROUPS
|"The fundamental purpose of universities is to hasten the coming
of the day when all men and all women shall have a much larger knowledge
and comprehension of the truth, so that they may live their lives more
richly and more usefully in this exceedingly interesting world.... That
truth shall make them free."
William Wallace Campbell, 10th president of the University of California, from inaugural address, March 1924
Private industry is emerging as a significant partner of the University as it carries out its fundamental purpose. Industry is much more of a presence in the lives of today's UC faculty and students than it was 25 years ago. It is present in a number of ways. UC researchers have been seeking -- some with great success -- to replace diminishing federal funding with industry funding. Similarly, campuses have been turning to industrial donors for capital projects and a variety of other purposes, as both state and federal funding have decreased. In an era of high anxiety about jobs, students have pushed for more practical experience and educational opportunities that will lead to future employment and internships are very popular. As the range of University-industry collaborations grow, industry scientists can be found in UC laboratories participating in joint research projects. Industry facilities are even located on some campuses. A number of UC faculty members have started their own companies based on their research. The entrepreneurial spirit is in the air.
And along with that spirit comes a challenge. A challenge to embrace the times, to recognize the opportunity, to lay the necessary groundwork to join forces with industry in a way that maintains those qualities that have, for many years, distinguished the University of California as the world's leading academic research institution. This is what the work of the President's Retreat and the advisory groups is truly about.
As a member of one of the nine advisory groups, you will be asked to be forward looking and to consider risks and opportunities to the University's various constituencies--students, faculty, the public, industry, and others. Each group, within the purview of its assigned topic, will be asked to consider how our expanded interactions and strategic partnerships with industry are likely to affect, and, as importantly, how we want them to affect, the academic landscape as we know it. Each group will be expected to reaffirm those principles that remain appropriate and define any new principles necessary to support the University's interest in expanding its relationships with industry in research and technology transfer, while maintaining the public trust and remaining true to the University's fundamental mission of teaching, research and public service. Please keep this in mind as you select the areas on which you would like to focus...
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